Hello everyone, my name is Erik, I am a teddy bear and this is my column. I always write about money on my column because I find the history of coins and notes fascinating and most of them are quite beautiful to look at. Well this morning I got rather excited because a rare 1933 penny – one of only four in known to exist – has sold for a world record price of £72,000 at a London auction. The coin sold is known as a “Pattern” version, as it was presented as a prototype, but never went into production. It is the first time that any of the Pattern coins have come up for auction.
It started out as a simple PR exercise to name the new UK polar research vessel but it unleashed a joke that has since gone viral. Now there’s a backlash involving a British national treasure. A website inviting the British public to name the £200m ship had attracted huge interest, with Boaty McBoatface becoming the runaway favourite. However, it has now been announced that the vessel will be named the RRS Sir David Attenborough, after the veteran British naturalist, even though the runaway winner in the public competition to name it had been “Boaty McBoatface”. This has sparked outrage, of sorts, on social media.
There is nothing more we love here at Jammy Toast than listening to some of our favourite tunes. From time to time we will post a music video from an artist or genre that we think will be enjoyable to you; our friends. We often feature music that you may not have come across before, or music that maybe you just missed the first time around. Try and listen with an open mind, you never know, you may find something you can add to your iPod. If you have any music videos you would like us to feature then drop us a line – we are always happy to listen to requests but we cannot promise to feature everyone’s favourite…
This month sees the 75th Anniversary of the Liverpool Blitz. Many people died during this month in 1941 as the Germans tried to destroy Liverpool Docks and Cammell Laird ship builders in Birkenhead to remove them from the war effort. There are many stories of bravery from this period of Merseyside history including stories my own Grandfather told me as a child. The following story appeared on the original Jammy Toast website on 9th August 2014…
If you remember back in March, Flat Eric told us the story that the people of the internet had voted to name the new polar research ship “Boaty McBoatface”. Now when we read the story, we just knew in our heart-of-hearts that someone was going to come along and ruin it. Someone wasn’t going to see the funny side and would stomp all over the idea. So it may come as no surprise, that now a group of self-appointed busy-body MPs are to review the process that has been used to find the name. Members of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee want to discuss whether the public engagement project around the search for a name has been a success or a failure.
To mark the United Nations Day of Anti-Bullying, people around the world have been asked how they think the internet should evolve. What would their dream internet look and feel like? “The internet needs to feel more like chatting in a bar,” said Adela Goberna, 23, a newly qualified lawyer and co-founder of the Internet Society’s Youth Special Interest Group. “You need to be able to say, ‘OK, our opinions are different but I respect what you’re saying and I’m getting something from this conversation.’ And I think that type of conversation makes people much more relaxed and willing to speak.”
Everyone knows of our love for everything to do with the telly so if you were asked what was our favourite telly programme at the moment you wouldn’t be far from the mark if you suggested Gogglebox – the programme where we watch people watching the telly. In fact, one of the new loves in Razzi’s life is none-other than Scarlett Moffat from the couch loving show. She has quickly become our favourite from the show thanks to her blunt one-liners and sassy Geordie charm. However, we were shocked to hear that she is being trolled by some mean viewers who choose to focus on her appearance.